The day before, the chairman of the emergency commission assigned to investigate the incident said that the accident involving the Soyuz-FG was caused by a faulty sensor on one of the rocket’s side blocks during the disengagement from the central block. The hole in the hull of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft could have been drilled before the launch at the Baikonur space center, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin told Sputnik. “We deny that this could have been done at the Moscow plant. Baikonur remains as an option, or some exotic versions,” Rogozin said. On October 11, a Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with two members of the new crew for the International Space Station on board failed to reach its destination, becoming the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history.
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